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Author Topic: What do master's want  (Read 1692 times)

Abbeyville Road

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What do master's want
« on: May 08, 2008, 10:03:41 am »

I have recorded a few jazz musicians, now what do I do?

How much or little do the mastering houses want me to full with comp and eq before I send it off to them?

What levels, recorded format, effects and such....what makes them happy that  I did upon receiving my recording?

Thanks
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Jim Easton
Abbeyville Road Studios
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Re: What do master's want
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2008, 12:29:11 pm »

24-bit PCM (.aiff, .wav, etc.) files at the project's native sample rate without excessive ('for volume') buss compression or any master buss limiting.  A couple dB of headroom is always nice...

But finish the mixes -- If something needs compression or EQ, the compress or EQ it.  If something needs reverb, put some on it (of course, try not to use too much, but that's a given).  If there's something making noise on a track while it's not in use, edit it out or gate it.  

You should be happy with the mixes "as is" before they go to the mastering guy (or gal).  
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John Scrip
Massive Mastering - Chicago (Schaumburg / Hoffman Est.), IL - USA

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Re: What do master's want
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2008, 03:24:09 am »

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Matthew Gray Mastering

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Re: What do master's want
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2008, 07:50:05 am »

Thanks guys-!!
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